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Brandon Collins: “So you wanna be a tattoo artist?”

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By Brandon Collins Reblogged from: www.tattoosnob.com With the invention of tattoo “reality” shows, the average un-tattooed or mildly tattooed person is led to believe that tattoo artists are superheroes: they can draw an entire back piece in 15 minutes, go out to the clubs all night and still come to work on time, able to tattoo whatever you want, wherever you want it. That sounds awfully appealing to some kids–but it couldn’t be any further from the truth. Anyone who has spent time in a tattoo shop knows that most tattooers are your average hardworking dads and moms with mortgages, car payments and phone bills,not prima donna rockstars that get VIP everywhere and drive Lamborghini’s. Those TV shows make a mockery of our profession and because of them, our trade has been diluted by half-ass, mediocre tattooers. Not only have these hacks not paid their dues, but they pump out crappy $20 tattoos that the average joes doesn’t even realize are shit. Before deciding you want to be a tattooer, think about this: Say my appointment for the day doesn’t show up, so that $400 I needed to pay rent and put food on my table will just have to wait. If YOU go to work and no one shows up, YOU still get paid and so you can afford to sit home home and watch “TATTOO SCHOOL” and say to your stoned roommate “bro, I can totally do that shit!”. You get breaks and paid holidays, insurance and an guaranteed paycheck ... Read More »

Tattoo Smarter not Harder

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By Mickey Schlick www.mickeyschlick.com / www.blaqueowltattoo.com I’m always trying to find answers to as many of the little issues that life throws at me as possible. I wanted to share some things that I think are applicable to our life in the shop. Often, I notice that many tattoo shops, especially street shops, lack adequate space for that most important or our chores, drawing. I wanted to cover a quick fix for this: a low cost, zero floor space, cheap drawing table. Since my first gesture drawing class, I have been hooked on lap boards and I think they are a great solution when needing to move around is a must. Sitting in the chair and having the board at an angle against a table or the back of another chair gives a large drawing area and a much more comfortable angle. The other thing that most people don’t really notice is how much a horizontal surface can potentially skew a drawing. Personally, I was looking for a more permanent fix and so I did some “figurin’” to come up with an idea that matched all of the benefits of having a large drawing table without loosing any floor space in the shop. The one thing about this plan in particular (which I am hoping that some of you will turn into ideas of your own) is that it is not very adjustable. So, as the old adage goes, measure twice cut once. On the upside, it is so cheap and ... Read More »

Finger Waves With Jeff Gogue

Check out this amazing instructional video Jeff made about drawing finger waves.  His new DVD, Tattoo as I see it is available for pre-sale now on www.unicyclebrand.com. Read More »

Tattoo As I See It, The Movie

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By Jeff Gogue I call it a movie simply because it’s moving pictures as opposed to non moving pictures. I make my living making pictures, but they don’t move. I think my goal with anything is for it to actually “move” people. Pun intended. This dvd or video or whatever you want to call it is moving. My hope is that your soul would be moved and your mind would be engaged with your heart to search yourself and discover or rediscover why you do what you do. Whether you tattoo, paint, make music, or have any other creative outlet, be it business, art, management or anything else. When you stop and think about it “creativity” is just thinking outside of convention or routine; it’s coming up with a solution to whatever is perplexing you that is outside of the norm. “Tattoo as I see it” is my message, which starts with my story, my “why” to what I’ve done in my life and what I do with each day. It presents my beginnings, my intentions and my resolutions after attaining the goals I set out for. Along the way I have learned to be an artist. I’ve learned to be a professional at expressing things visually, and I’ve discovered that the door has been opened to a wide world that goes beyond what I thought was there. This project was not my idea, or my vision, at first. When Ryan Moon, (Film Director, director of photography, designer, and co-producer) ... Read More »

Rocket Girl Redux: Step by Step

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By Adam Guy Hays A while back I decided I needed a new banner, as I’ve been using a shitty Kinko’s copy of one of my old ones for while now. I thought it’d be a good excuse to do another step-by-step of my painting process. I’ve included the photos of the references I used. I’m a big believer in having true life references for all projects. I started with an image that my business partner Mike Bellamy drew and that has been our shop’s longtime logo. I wanted to keep the overall composition more or less the same but make my own version. I changed up the proportions, added a tiny RR logo , and gave the girl more Alphonse Mucha styled hair. I love that art nouveau stuff. Typically when I’m sketching I like to use Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils on heavy vellum, which can stand a fair bit of abuse from erasing and sketching. The Col-Erase pencils are pretty good at staying where they’re put and not smudging too much. Some details in here are just plain pencil too. Read More »

Beyond The Ink Fundraiser on gofundme.com

By Kris Richter My Name is Kris Richter and this is Beyond the INK… Last year I traveled North America, speaking at tattoo studios and tattoo conventions. I developed a seminar that is about 45 minutes long, and covers everything someone needs to know, or consider before they get tattooed. I am humbled by the positive response it has received within the tattoo community and beyond. Now, I am ready to take Beyond the INK to the next level. I am asking for your help to raise $50,000. With that I plan on doing three things… Please watch this video and show your support by donating on ourGoFundMe campaign page. Read More »

Get TAM at the London Tattoo Convention this weekend!!!

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I’m working the London Tattoo Convention this weekend at the Tobacco Dock.  All back issues are on sale for 10 pounds!  Newest 3 issues, 15 pounds!  I have Volume 1 books (our volume 1 book is the first 5 issues of TAM compiled into a nice hard cover book) on sale for 50 pounds, and Subscriptions are on sale for 36 pounds plus shipping!  Stop by the Great Gallery room and check it out. -Nicki Read More »

An Interview with Lizette Gonzalez

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com/ I am super stoked to introduce Lizette Gonzalez today! She is an incredible talent, a beautiful girl and a woman who knows whats she wants! Check out her interview and get inspired to bake your ass of! Molly: Tell us about yourself, background and what you are doing now. Read More »

Lessons From Ink Smith & Rogers: Week 2

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By Deb Yarian In my last installment of Lessons from Inksmith and Roger’s week 1, I explain that I had the pleasure of sending my second son, Nick, having just finished up an apprenticeship at our family shop in Alaska, to the world famous Inksmith and Roger’s Tattoo in Jacksonville, Florida for what many would consider a chance of a lifetime and a great opportunity for a brand new tattooer. Read More »

Russ Abbott Presents: The Tattooist’s Palette

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“The Tattooist’s Palette” seminar is designed by Russ Abbott to help today’s tattoo artists realize the full potential of the color options available today. This interactive seminar gives tattoo artists his years of hard won color understanding, along with a notebook of his secret learning materials and personal interface. Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

By Molly Kitamura I had the most interesting and enjoyable lunch today, Taki and I drove up to San Francisco and ate lunch with the living legend Ed Hardy. He took us to one of his favorite haunts, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Ed had nothing but praises for the owner, Tony Gemignani, and his amazing pizza spot. Tony is super tattooed and even travels to Italy to partake in pizza-making contests. Rad!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Christian Dolias

By Molly Kitamura Christian Dolias is a force to be reckoned with. He is an innovator in the culinary world, taking kitchens by storm leaving no pot unstirred! He runs an ever-expanding social club for chefs called, CutThroat Culinary with members all over the States, Europe and South America… Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Andrew Santana

By Molly Kitamura I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a talented chef named Andrew Santana. He is from California and is a jack-of-all trades when it comes to cooking! He has done it all! He has a passion for tattoos and kindly shared some of them and their stories with me. Here is our interview along with a mouth-watering recipe courtesy of Andrew!  Read on and check it out! Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Deb Yarian

By Brynne Palmer I have been so fortunate to meet some amazing people in the tattoo industry, and one of them I really look up to is Debra. She’s been tattooing for longer than I’ve been alive, and her accomplishments in her work and family life are truly impressive. Her demeanor is so sweet and comforting, when she tattooed me at the last SFO convention I felt like we were just old friends having a lunch date! When she told me she would like to contribute to our blog, I was so excited to get more of a glimpse into her life and family, and how she seamlessly balances the two. Deb, thank you for sharing with us; and for doing all you do as a tattooer, wife, mother and grandmother!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Jason DeBriere

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By Molly Kitamura How can we have a food and tattoo blog without the chefs?! Here is our first chef blog; there will be many more, so keep reading! I first met Jason through my husband Taki, at his place of work, Peels on the Bowery in Manhattan, NY. He is a very talented individual and I always look forward to eating his creations whenever I’m in the city. Jason is tattooed and so naturally I thought of him for this blog. I had a chat with Jason the other day and asked him a few things about his life, work and most importantly, his tattoos…  Read More »